Finding the Glow
words by Ellie Eckert, photographs by Daniel Gabrielson
"Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you." -Grace Coddington
There's this tree behind my house in Florida--one that captures all the attention. It appeared as if overnight, filling the yard with shades of fuchsia and pastel pink. It sparkles, really, bringing some brightness to an otherwise green landscape.
At the right time of day, when the sun begins to soften and slowly fall from the sky, it seems to perfectly fill the tree with the right amount of glow. It becomes the star of the yard, maybe because it's not like the others, but probably because it has a certain presence about it--one that you can't ignore.
I've found that, like this tree, there are some people in life that have the ability to stop you in your tracks. There's something about them. Maybe a certain quality that's not like the rest; one that makes you want to stay and chat awhile. They come in all different packages. Some will be looked over, dubbed as "crazy" or "ugly" because they don't fit the mold. After all, they're not like every other person prancing down the street. They've got something. They're different.
But when you take the time to listen, to really look, absorb and appreciate, I bet you'll find the glow. Today, I challenge you to love those little differences, both in yourself and in someone you've never met.